Chicago’s wave of violent crimes has made national news lately. It is something residents of this great city would like to see under control…yesterday. However, the recent drive-by shooting death of an innocent 6-month-old baby, was just too much to handle. How could anyone kill a small innocent child?
The baby girl named Johnylah Watkins was in the car with her dad, getting a diaper change, when she was shot five times and later died. Her father, 28-year-old, Jonathan Watkins, was also struck several times with bullets in this drive-by shooting. It is alleged that he was the target of local gang members, who obviously have no respect for life. He is listed in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
It is a sad day when an infant just beginning her entry into the world can be taken away so quickly. She had no time to learn how to speak, walk, or love. How tragic.
News reports suggest her mom, Judy Watkins, was also shot while pregnant with Johnylah. Unfortunately, this time she was not spared another chance in her short life. The dad is said to be a drug dealer with a criminal record…crime does not pay.
This senseless killing confirms just how dire the situation is in Chicago. The disregard for human life, including that of a baby, shows that there is no limit to casualties taken in the name of gang wars. This is a sign of the times and it seems to be getting worse. Is this our new generation? Heartless killers with no conscience…let’s hope not.
Innocent victims being murdered is really piss me off. There has to be stricter penalties implemented to prevent this from happening again and again. How many children must die before there is action? Politicians need to forget about banning sugary drinks, and band together to come up with a plan. More important work needs to be done.
Englewood native and Chicago Bulls NBA superstar, Derrick Rhodes, reportedly has stepped forward to cover some of the funeral costs. At least he shows us some hope that good people still exist.
Above video has been posted before…but the lyrics are so real it is worth another listen. Share it with others to support #endtotheviolence. It is dedicated to Johnylah and all the other innocent victims.
R.I.P. Little Johnylah. Her funeral was this week and was so sad for anyone to have attend, especially family members.